Flames put Markstrom ‘dry’ in Game 3 of Round 2 of the West.

Edmonton — retirement Jacob Markstrom “out to dry” is becoming the familiar chorus for the Calgary Flames in Round 2 of the Western Conference against the Edmonton Oilers.

Markstrom had 21 saves in the first period but conceded four goals in the second period and missed the game in a 4–1 loss at Rogers Place on Sunday.

The Flames defender said: “We all know he wasn’t good enough in front of him.” Rasmus Andersson said. “What, 2-1 3 goals? We let him dry. How many bizarre rushes were there today especially in the 2nd period, and they capitalized. It just wasn’t enough and it cost us.”

After the first scoreless period when the Flames outshot 21-7, the Oilers broke through the second period led by a forward in the second. Evander KaneHe scored a natural hat-trick at 6 o’clock.

Markstrom had 30 saves in Game 3, but was relieved as the third period began. Dan Vladard, he made seven saves in relief. Markstrom conceded 5 goals on 40 shots in the 5-3 loss in the second leg and 6 goals on 28 shots when the Flames won 9-6 in the first game. He is averaging 5.74 goals. Edmonton-led best-of-seven series, 2-1. Game 4 is on Tuesday (9:30 PM EST, ESPN, CBC, TVAS, SN).

“What were they, four strange rushes, I think?” Calgary Forward Matthew Tkachuk said. “I thought he was great tonight. [Markstrom]. He made a lot of great saves to keep us in the first leg and we didn’t play that great in front of him in the second game.”

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Oilers Center Conor McDavid Assisted 3 of 4 goals scored in Sunday’s second period and speed of attack was a recurring theme. McDavid has nine points (two goals and seven assists) in the series.

Another colleague of Kane and McDavid, Leon DracitlIn the third game, he scored a total of 10 goals. Draisaitl set a Stanley Cup playoff record with four assists.

“We now let one man beat us up a few nights,” Tkachuk said. “Go back to Paint and find a way to stop him in the next game.”

Tkachuk said the problem was more than McDavid roaming freely in the fire zone.

“I think we start more in the attack zone when we flip it over or have no best line changes and get speed through the neutral zone,” he said. “As far as I remember, they scored four goals tonight.

“They have one player who takes half the game (McDavid 15:49 for the second period) and they are playing great hockey right now. We have to find a way to stop that. Once we get into their territory, we do it without the blinds. You have to grab the puck and shoot at the keeper Rebounds and loose coverage can cause the keeper to have problems (we) have to have a consistent O-zone shift and don’t throw anything where they can feed their conversion in the blind.”

Calgary lost 2-1 in the first-round series against the Dallas Stars, but came together to win seven games. After Game 3 against Edmonton, the players’ feelings were that they wouldn’t let one game, especially one period, decide the series.

“It’s definitely a long series,” Andersson said. “That’s the beauty of the playoffs. I am very happy to have a new match in a day and a half. Now let’s turn the page and move on.”

Flames manager Darryl Sutter said he needed more speed as well as restraining McDavid in Game 4.

“Please acknowledge the way Edmonton played in neutral. [zone] and it fed [McDavid’s] Sutter said: That’s what they did well.”

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